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Cartoon It!

Cartoon It!

Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $19.99

Cartoon It! is a game for 2-6 players in which players study, then replicate from memory (with help from a board that displays all the possible features), cartoon animal faces. After drawing, pictures are passed to other players for scoring. Less experienced players (in practice, this generally means the younger players) are scored on whether the features are even vaguely recognizable, regardless of how well it is drawn or whether it is accurately placed; more advanced players must have the features accurately drawn and in the correct place. All age groups will develop observation skills and visual discrimination. Instructions are included on how to handle disputes, but the scoring player has the final say. This inevitably led to disputes for players who were too advanced to be considered beginners, but lacking the talent to be considered experienced. However, despite these minor frustrations, all of the children enjoyed the game, and those who are particularly enthusiastic about drawing really loved it. As a parent, I liked that the game encouraged observation, attention to detail and memory skills, even in children who do generally do not focus on detail. Instructions also offered useful game play variations.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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